Is this the area’s best value tasting menu?


Few things would draw me anywhere near a place frequented by golfers.

Call me an old fusspot, but I really can’t abide encountering overly-competitive middle class men clad in pastel-coloured sweaters, tastefully-hued slacks and very silly shoes.

The Manor House at The Belfry
And yet I’m be tempted to return The Belfry, the hotel, spa and gold course.
Not least because the £40 tasting menu in its Ryder Grill restaurant represents remarkable value.

The menu

Amuse bouche
Asparagus with duck egg mayo, brioche crumb, burnt onion powder, edible flowers
Whipped chicken liver parfait, savoury granola, pineapple & vanilla
Sea trout with almond puree, charred spring onion, chorizo, purple sprouting broccoli
Spring lamb, charred baby gem, artichoke hummus, red pepper, broad bean
Vanilla crème brulee, strawberries
Passion fruit tart, mango, bitter chocolate, coconut.
The seven course taster menu at Ryder Grill is available for £40 per person with the option of adding a specially selected array of wines for an extra £25.
The dishes are also available on the a la carte menu.

The cooking

Visiting as a guest two nights into the new menu, I found the cooking generally spot-on.

There was an inventiveness, playfulness and a whole lot of skill on display.
Each of the seven course pleased the eye and had surely contrasting flavours and textures.

A silky chicken liver parfait, for instance, was paired with a savoury granola and little dice of sharp but sweet pineapple.
Sea trout came with a crunchy chorizo crumb that added a whack of seasoning to the dish.

A passion fruit tart, topped with meringue and accompanied by mango and coconut, was for me the highlight of a thoroughly enjoyable meal.
Throughout, this was well-judged and well-executed cooking that made me forget the proximity of the world’s most tedious sport.

The Belfry's signature restaurant, The Ryder Grill
The Belfry
Lichfield Road, Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield B76 9PR. 01675 238600.